Archives: October 2012

The Monster Dash!

Get an extra wear out of your Halloween costume by signing up for the Raleigh Monster Dash 5K, part of the Second Empire Grand-Prix series, this Sunday, October 28. Head over to Cameron Village in your Halloween finery for a costume contest, 5K run, a one-mile fun run, a moon bounce, face paining and more! […]

Home Prices Up 11 Percent

More good news for the housing market: Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of REALTORS ®, reported last week that both the annual sales pace and home prices are both up year-over-year in September. Both indicators have trended upwards at around 11% higher than this time last year. Additionally both inventory and average days […]

Fair Nostalgia

While much has changed in the 158 years since the first year of the North Carolina State Fair, many of the nostalgia-inducing sights and sounds are still there. The midway is still full of classically styled rides, like the Ferris wheels and whimsical carousels, holding their ground among the Vortexes and Himalayans of the modern […]

Have you visited the North Carolina State Fair yet? You know, it’s not all just funnel cakes and games. There are actually many cultural and agricultural events to take in as well. There are cooking contests covering everything ranging from the House-Autry Mills “Southern Fried Classic” to the NC Cattlemen’s Beef Council’s “Fire Up Your […]

Brighten Your Door!

There are only so many things you can do to dress up the façade of your home without turning it into something from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; one of the more creative ways to make your home festive year-round is to brighten your doorway with a little paint. The front door is what welcomes people […]

New Housing Starts Reach A 4-Year High

Housing starts in September reached their highest levels since July 2008, according to a new report published on USA Today. Permits for both single family and apartment construction rose significantly, and builder confidence numbers for this month have reached a 6 year high according to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders. To […]

Pittsboro Pepper Festival

Are you a pepperphile? Do you love all things pepper? Then you should peddle over to the Pittsboro Pepper Festival to peruse some palatable pepper dishes! (Sorry.) The Pittsboro Pepper Festival started out as a small group doing a tasting event for local farmer Doug Jones’ seed saving and pepper breeding research, and has blossomed […]

Unemployment Claims Plunge 30,000

Last week unemployment claims fell to 339,000, the lowest level in four years. Additionally, last week’s labor report showed that the unemployment rate fell to 7.8% in September; move evidence that the job market may be shifting in the right direction. For this and other economic indices see the full article on USA Today.

Foreclosures At A Five-Year Low

New reports show that foreclosure activity hit a five year low in September; activity has now dropped for nine consecutive quarters, which is helping to alleviate fears of a second wave of foreclosures that many analysts had expected. Filings were down 16% year-over-year in September, and home prices were up. For more on this, and […]